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Stauskas and Robinson III Leaving Michigan for NBA


Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(ANN ARBOR, Mich.) -- Michigan sophomores Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III announced Tuesday they will leave school and enter the NBA Draft.

Stauskas averaged 17.5 points and shot 44 percent from 3-point range while helping lead the Wolverines to the Elite Eight last season.

"For as long as I can remember I have had a goal of playing in the NBA, whether it was on my backyard court or winning the Big Ten title at Crisler Center," Stauskas said during a press conference with Robinson and Michigan head coach John Beilein. "Following some heartfelt discussions with my family, Coach Beilein and the rest of the coaching staff, I am ready to pursue my goals and begin my NBA career."

Robinson, whose father played 11 seasons in the NBA, averaged 13.1 points and 4.4 rebounds a game last season:

"I have thought a lot about the next step in my career over this past year," Robinson said. "After talking with my mom, my dad, my grandma, Coach Beilein and the coaching staff, I feel the time is right for me to begin my professional career and declare for the NBA Draft. I am confident I have the work ethic, the talent and maturity to pursue this path successfully."

Wolverines forward Mitch McGary, who missed most of last season due to back surgery, is still determining if he will stay in school.

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Burnett Will Pitch Despite Hernia


Drew Hallowell/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Philadelphia Philllies pitcher A.J. Burnett will make his scheduled start Wednesday despite being diagnosed with a small inguinal hernia.

Doctors say Burnett will eventually need surgery but the 37-year-old right-hander says he intends to pitch throughout the remainder of the season.

"I'm going to have to deal with it," Burnett told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "Paying attention to it, knowing it's there, knowing what I can do to overdo it and knowing what I can do to keep it where it needs to be. I'm more of a go-getter and I'm not really a take-it-easy kind of guy, so it's going to be a test."

Burnett signed a one-year, $16 million contract with the team in February. He's made three starts this season, pitching 16 innings and compiling a 3.94 ERA, 1.94 WHIP, and 14 strikeouts.

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Cuonzo Martin Replaces Montgomery at California


Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(BERKELEY, Calif.) -- Cuonzo Martin has headed west.

Martin, who led Tennessee to the Sweet 16 this season, has departed Knoxville to take the head coaching job at California.

California athletic director Sandy Barbour says the contract is for five years.

"It's a beautiful place. I got off the plane and I just said, 'Ahhh,'" Martin said during his introductory news conference. "I think it has a chance to be special here. I think that's the most intriguing thing to me. It's a place I could spend the rest of my life."

Martin led the Volunteers to a 63-41 record in three seasons at Tennessee. He also coached for Missouri State.

The 42-year-old Martin takes over for Mike Montgomery, who retired in March after spending six years with the Golden Bears.

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Carmelo Anthony Has Small Tear in Right Shoulder


Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony has a small tear in his right labrum and will sit out the team's last two games of the season, the Knicks announced Tuesday.

The injury will not require surgery and Anthony will be re-evaluated in about a month, according to the Knicks.

Despite aggravating the shoulder injury on Apr. 2 against the Nets, Anthony continued to play.

"Obviously, he knew it was bothering him when he hurt it two weeks ago but he hung in with us trying to make this last push to get in the playoffs," Knicks head coach Mike Woodson said.
                                                          
The 30-year-old Anthony averaged 27.4 points and a career-best 8.1 rebounds per game this season. It is the first time in Anthony's 11-year NBA career he's on a team that will miss the playoffs.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 4/15/14


Getty Images/Hemera (NEW YORK) -- MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates 8 (7-6) – Cincinnati Reds 7 (4-9) completion of Monday’s game

Cincinnati Reds 7 (5-9) – Pittsburgh Pirates 5 (7-7)

Miami Marlins 11 (6-9) – Washington Nationals 2 (8-6)

Texas Rangers 5 (7-7) – Seattle Mariners 0 (7-6)

Kansas City Royals 4 (5-7) – Houston Astros 2 (5-9)

St. Louis Cardinals 6 (9-5) – Milwaukee Brewers 1 (10-4)

Atlanta Braves (9-4) @ Philadelphia Phillies (6-7) (postponed due to inclement weather)

Chicago Cubs (4-8) @ New York Yankees (7-6) (postponed due to inclement weather)

Tampa Bay Rays (7-7) @ Baltimore Orioles (6-7) (postponed due to inclement weather)

Cleveland Indians (6-7) @ Detroit Tigers (6-4) (postponed due to inclement weather)

New York Mets 9 (7-7) - Arizona Diamondbacks 0 (4-13)

Toronto Blue Jays 9 (8-6) - Minnesota Twins 3 (6-7)

Chicago White Sox 2 (8-6) - Boston Red Sox 1 (5-9)

Colorado Rockies 3 (7-8) - San Diego Padres 2 (6-8)

NBA: New York Knicks 109 (36-45) – Brooklyn Nets 98 (44-37)

Los Angeles Clippers 117 (57-24) - Denver Nuggets 105 (36-45)

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Report: Packers Resign QB Matt Flynn


Elsa/Getty Images(GREEN BAY, Wis.) -- Backup quarterback Matt Flynn has reached an agreement on a new contract with the Green Bay Packers, according to ESPN.

The Packers selected Flynn in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL draft. He spent three seasons as Aaron Rodgers’ backup in Green Bay from 2008 to 2011. Flynn returned to the club last season, on Nov. 12, to fill in for Rodgers, who was sidelined with a broken collarbone.

In four starts with Green Bay, Flynn tossed for 1,146 yards with seven touchdowns and four interceptions. Rodgers returned to the gridiron in Week 17, when the Packers clinched the NFC Central title with a 33-28 win over the Chicago Bears.

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S.F. 49ers Sign WR Brandon Lloyd


Scott Boehm/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The San Francisco 49ers signed free agent wide receiver Brandon Lloyd to a one-year contract on Tuesday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The 49ers originally selected Lloyd out of Illinois in the fourth round of the 2003 NFL draft. In three seasons with San Francisco, he had 105 receptions for 1,510 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Lloyd is a ten-year NFL veteran, having also suited up with the Washington Redskins (2006-07), Chicago Bears (2008), Denver Broncos (2009-11), St. Louis Rams (2011) and New England Patriots (2012). While with the Broncos in 2010, he led the league in receiving yards (1,448) and ranked fourth in receiving touchdowns (11).

The 33-year-old Lloyd has amassed 5,695 receiving yards and 35 touchdowns in 128 career games.

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Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein Will Return for His Junior Season


Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Basketball fans have grown accustomed to Kentucky players leaving after their freshman year to enter the NBA Draft. In a move that may come as a surprise to many, center Willie Cauley-Stein will return to Kentucky for his junior season.

Cauley-Stein was expected to be a first-round pick in the upcoming draft, and could have possibly been a lottery pick. Despite the chance to reach the NBA, he's staying in school.

"I want to come back and have a chance to win a national championship, while also getting closer to earn my degree," Cauley-Stein said in a statement. "Being at the Final Four this year was special, but not being able to help my teammates on the floor was tough. I look forward to helping us get back there next year, while playing in front of the best fans in the nation."

While Cauley-Stein may have been a lottery pick in the upcoming draft, he still could improve his game on the offensive end. If he can develop a more all-around game, he could find himself being drafted in the top-10 next year.

This past season, Cauley-Stein averaged 6.8 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 2.9 blocks per game.

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Warriors Andrew Bogut Suffers Rib Fracture, Could Miss Playoffs


Robb Cox/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- With the NBA playoffs set to begin this week, the Golden State Warriors are already dealing with a potentially crushing injury. Center Andrew Bogut recently suffered a fractured rib, which could force him to sit out the post-season.

The team announced that Bogut is out indefinitely, but did not reveal a timetable for a possible return. The recovery time for this type of injury is typicalli in the six week range.

"I've got to be careful, because if it cracks I'm looking at a punctured lung. You'll see me in the hospital with a tube coming out of me," Bogut said. "It's one of those things people have played through, but this is too close to comfort for me."

The 29-year-old Bogut is a key defensive piece to the Warrior's success. This season, he's averaging 7.3 points, 10.0 reobunds per game, and 1.8 blocks per game.

Despite his talent, Bogut has struggled with injuries throughout the majority of his career. The past three seasons alone, Bogut has missed 135 total games.

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Capitals Know Changes Are Likely Following Disappointing Season


G Fiume/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Va.) -- Facing another season without a Stanley Cup Championship, the Washington Capitals are left asking questions about the future direction of the organization.

Early playoff exits have been the norm for the Capitals for years, but they failed to make the playoffs this year for the first time since 2007.

Star winger Alexander Ovechkin said the team is in the "middle off nowhere" and "in a hard position."

As of now, the team's coaching and management structure has stayed in tack as head coach Adam Oates and general manager George McPhee are still with the organization.

"I don't really know what to expect, what to think," defenseman Karl Alzner said. "But you would imagine when you miss the playoffs completely that you do a whole re-evaluation of what's going on."

Ovechkin had one of his best seasons in years. He scored 51 goals this season, which was his most in a single season since the 2009-2010 season.

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